World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-In Edition): An Oral History of the Zombie War

By Max Brooks
Performed by a full cast

12.12 Hours 05/14/2013 abridged
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World War Z: The Complete Edition is a new recording of Max Brooks’ bestselling novel, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, featuring twenty-one additional Hollywood actors and sci-fi fan favorites performing stories not included in the original edition. New narrators include Academy Award–winning director, Martin Scorsese, Spiderman star Alfred Molina, The Walking Dead creator Frank Darabont, rapper Common, Firefly star Nathan Fillion, Shaun of the Dead’s Simon Pegg, and members of the casts of Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Heroes, and more! Max Brooks will be reprising his role as “The Interviewer.” The original abridged edition, released in 2006, won an Audie Award for Best Multi-Voiced Performance. Original cast members include Alan Alda, Mark Hamill, Carl and Rob Reiner, and John Turturro. In this new classic of apocalyptic fiction that feels all too real, the zombie war came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. The documentary-style oral history records the testimony of men, women, and sometimes children who came face-to-face with the living, or at least the undead, hell of that dreadful time. Featuring five more hours of previously unrecorded content, this full-cast recording is read by F. Murray Abraham, Alan Alda, René Auberjonois, Becky Ann Baker, Dennis Boutsikaris, Bruce Boxleitner, Max Brooks, Mel Brooks, Nicki Clyne, Common, Denise Crosby, Frank Darabont, Dean Edwards, Mark Hamill, Nathan Fillion, Maz Jobrani, Frank Kamai, Michelle Kholos, John McElroy, Ade M’Cormack, Alfred Molina, Parminder Nagra, Ajay Naidu, Masi Oka, Steve Park, Kal Penn, Simon Pegg, Jürgen Prochnow, Carl Reiner, Rob Reiner, Henry Rollins, Jeri Ryan, Jay O. Sanders, Martin Scorsese, Paul Sorvino, David Ogden Stiers, Brian Tee, John Turturro, Eamonn Walker, Ric Young, Waleed F. Zuaiter.

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times bestseller

A Washington Post bestseller

A Los Angeles Times bestseller

A USA Today bestseller

Winner of a 2007 Audie Award

Nominated for the 2012 Abraham Lincoln Award

World War Z: The Complete Edition is a new recording of Max Brooks’ bestselling novel, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, featuring twenty-one additional Hollywood actors and sci-fi fan favorites performing stories not included in the original edition. New narrators include Academy Award–winning director, Martin Scorsese, Spiderman star Alfred Molina, The Walking Dead creator Frank Darabont, rapper Common, Firefly star Nathan Fillion, Shaun of the Dead’s Simon Pegg, and members of the casts of Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Heroes, and more! Max Brooks will be reprising his role as “The Interviewer.”

The original abridged edition, released in 2006, won an Audie Award for Best Multi-Voiced Performance. Original cast members include Alan Alda, Mark Hamill, Carl and Rob Reiner, and John Turturro.

In this new classic of apocalyptic fiction that feels all too real, the zombie war came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. The documentary-style oral history records the testimony of men, women, and sometimes children who came face-to-face with the living, or at least the undead, hell of that dreadful time.

Featuring five more hours of previously unrecorded content, this full-cast recording is read by F. Murray Abraham, Alan Alda, René Auberjonois, Becky Ann Baker, Dennis Boutsikaris, Bruce Boxleitner, Max Brooks, Mel Brooks, Nicki Clyne, Common, Denise Crosby, Frank Darabont, Dean Edwards, Mark Hamill, Nathan Fillion, Maz Jobrani, Frank Kamai, Michelle Kholos, John McElroy, Ade M’Cormack, Alfred Molina, Parminder Nagra, Ajay Naidu, Masi Oka, Steve Park, Kal Penn, Simon Pegg, Jürgen Prochnow, Carl Reiner, Rob Reiner, Henry Rollins, Jeri Ryan, Jay O. Sanders, Martin Scorsese, Paul Sorvino, David Ogden Stiers, Brian Tee, John Turturro, Eamonn Walker, Ric Young, Waleed F. Zuaiter.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Possesses more creativity and zip than entire crates of other new fiction titles…Creepy but fascinating.” USA Today
“Prepare to be entranced by this addictively readable oral history of the great war between humans and zombies…Will grab you as tightly as a dead man’s fist.” Entertainment Weekly
“Probably the most topical and literate scare since Orson Welles War of the Worlds radio broadcast…This is action-packed social-political satire with a global view.” Dallas Morning News
“Brooks [is] America’s most prominent maven on the living dead…ChillingIt is gripping reading and a scathing indictment of weak responses to crises real and over-hyped.” Hartford Courant
“A sober, frequently horrifying and even moving account…Brooks has delivered a full-blown horror novel, laced with sharp social and political observations and loads of macabre, gruesome imagery…The real horror of World War Z comes from the all-too-plausible responses of human beings and governments to the menace.” Fangoria
“The best science fiction has traditionally been steeped in social commentary. World War Z continues that legacy…We haven’t been this excited about a book without pictures since—well, since ever.” Metro
“Each story locks together perfectly to create a wonderful, giddy suspense. Brooks also has the political savvy to take advantage of any paranoia a modern reader might feel…The perfect book for all us zombie junkies.” Paste
“This infectious and compelling book will have nervous readers watching the streets for zombies.” Library Journal
“A horror fan’s version of Studs Terkel’s The Good War…Like George Romero’s Dead trilogy, World War Z is another milestone in the zombie mythology.” Booklist
“[Brooks’] iron-jaw narrative is studded with practical advice on what to do when the zombies come, as they surely will. A literate, ironic, strangely tasty treat.”  Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
World War Z provides us with a starting point, at least, a basic blueprint from which to build a popular understanding of how, when, and why such a disaster came to be, and how small groups and individuals survived.”  Jeb Weisman, PhD,director of strategic technologies at the National Center for Disaster Preparedness

Reviews

Reviews

by Erik Y 9/13/2017
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Great Stories!

Now I am not a fan of "journalistic" writing for stories, but this was fantastic! One of the many things that I liked about this book and the movie, is that each compliment each other. Whether you saw the movie first, or listened to the book, it only enriches your experience. This is an All-Star cast. The narration is top notch. Great zombie audiobook!
by Alan 9/13/2017
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Great Performance and Story

Let me first start off by saying that the book is nothing like the movie! I cannot offer any advice on whether you should see the movie first then listen to the book or listen to the book then see the movie. I listened to the book first then saw the movie and it was an enjoyable experience. The movie is events of Gerry's survival when the outbreak happens and the book is after the war.

Moving onto the book! I was deeply surprised by the performances of all the actors and how quickly they sucked you in. The emotions, accents, and attitudes were great! I especially enjoyed Alan Alda's character. There were a few that were okay but the rest were phenomenal!

You follow along with Gerry, a United Nations employee that just finished his "official" report to the U.N. about the events of the Zombie War. He is now wanting to give a more emotional history of how everything happened and the stories of those who survived and made an impact.

As I said before, the performances are great and you can easily feel the emotions of the people Gerry is interviewing. Gerry starts from the first outbreak to current events of the world clearing the remaining Zeds or Zombies. The entire story starts out great and flows very smoothly. However, when you get towards the end there are some "unbelievable" scenarios and the interviews become short and somewhat meaningless.

All in all, if you are a fan of Zombies or want to listen to a great audio book, this is it! I highly recommend this book for anyone!
by Holly 9/13/2017
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Outstanding Audio Achievement

This is how you do an audiobook! The performances turned in by this star-studded cast are phenomenal. There were only two performers that I felt fell short of the mark…and that’s out of around forty performers. Having a different actor play every character made this one of the most engaging audiobooks I’ve ever listened to. The story itself seemed to have been very well researched and thought out. Max Brooks covered every angle of the possibilities of a zombie war, and he captured many different points of view, people from around the world, including Russia, China, Cuba, Canada, Australia, the US, India, and many other countries. Each is fascinating and gripping in its own way. The short interviews at the end of this edition seemed unnecessary, but other than that this story was entertaining through and through. If you like zombie stories, apocalyptic fiction, or postapocalyptic fiction, this is a great listen.

Author

Author Bio: Max Brooks

Max Brooks is the New York Times bestselling author of The Zombie Survival Guide and World War Z. Hailed as “the Studs Terkel of zombie journalism,” he lives in New York City but is ready to move to a more remote and defensible location at a moment’s notice. 

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 12.12
Audience: Adult
Language: English